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73 observations re: memory
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Published Monday, May 26, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
May 26 2014


(Illustration from The Epoch Times)

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
-Donna Roberts

A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.
-Clifton Fadiman

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
-Doug Larson

A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
-Alexander Smith

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.
-Edward de Bono

As important as shared memories is the silent agreement that certain things never happened.
-Robert Brault

Before adolescence, memory is more interested in the future than the past...
-Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Childhood has no forebodings; but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow.
-George Eliot

Death is that state in which one exists only in the memory of others. Which is why it is not an end.
(from 'Skin of Evil,' Star Trek: The Next Generation)
-Hannah Louise Shearer

Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
-Saul Bellow

Everyone complains of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld

God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.
-J.M. Barrie

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
-Ingrid Bergman

He who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.
-Michel de Montaigne

Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.
-Baltasar Gracián

I have a photographic memory, but my mind's out of film.
-Unattributed

I never commit to memory anything that can easily be looked up in a book.
-Albert Einstein

If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.
-Oscar Wilde

If there is any substitute for love, it is memory.
-Joseph Brodsky

If you want to test your memory, try to remember what you were worrying about one year ago today.
-E. Joseph Cossman

In memory everything seems to happen to music.
-Tennessee Williams

In plucking the fruit of memory one runs the risk of spoiling its bloom.
-Joseph Conrad

It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.
-Oscar Wilde

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward.
-Lewis Carroll

Liars ought to have good memories.
-Algernon Sidney

Love and memory last and will so endure till the game is called because of darkness.
-Gene Fowler

Maybe age is kinder to us than we think. With my bad eyes, I can't see how bad I look, and with my rotten memory, I have a good excuse for getting out of a lot of stuff.
-Erma Bombeck

Memories and possibilities are even more hideous than realities.
-H.P. Lovecraft

Memory can glean, but never renew. It brings us joys faint as is the perfume of flowers, faded and dried, of the summer that is gone.
-Henry Ward Beecher

Memory is a child walking along a seashore. You never know what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.
-Pierce Harris

Memory is a crazy woman who hoards colored rags and throws away food.
-Austin O'Malley

Memory is a great betrayer.
-Anaïs Nin

Memory is a net; one finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook; but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Memory is better than a video because it's free and it doesn't work very well.
-David Owen

Memory is not just the imprint of the past time upon us; it is the keeper of what is meaningful for our deepest hopes and fears.
-Rollo May

Memory is the editor of one's sense of life.
-Elizabeth Bowen

Memory is the one paradise out of which we cannot be driven.
-Sacha Guitry

Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories- and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories.
-Alice Munro

My memory of you is better than you.
-Chuck Lorre

Nostalgia, as always, had wiped away bad memories and magnified the good ones.
-Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
-Franklin P. Adams

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

O Memory! thou fond deceiver.
-Oliver Goldsmith

One form of loneliness is to have a memory and no one to share it with.
-Phyllis Rose

Ordinarily men exercise their memory much more than their judgment.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.
-Guy de Maupassant

Own only what you can carry with you: know language, know countries, know people, let your memory be your travel bag.
-Aleksandr Solzhnitsyn

Past and future exist only in our memory. The present moment, though, is outside of time, it's Eternity.
-Paulo Coelho

Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.
-J.R.R. Tolkien

Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.
-Gustave Flaubert

Powerful men in particular suffer from the delusion that human beings have no memories. I would go so far as to say that the distinguishing trait of powerful men is the psychotic certainty that people forget acts of infamy as easily as their parents' birth.
-Stephen Vizinczey

Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.
-Willa Cather

Speak for the ear and write for the memory.
-Joseph Joubert

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the declining sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.
-Washington Irving

The advantage of a bad memory is that, several times over, one enjoys the same good things for the first time.
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.
-Salvador Dali

The memory of the American public is about six weeks.
-F. Lee Bailey

The one who relies on authority during a discussion does not use his mind but his memory.
-Leonardo da Vinci

The traditional media has the attention span and historical memory of an erection.
-Joseph Romm

The true art of memory is the art of attention.
-Samuel Johnson

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
-Henry Wheeler Shaw

There has never been a statue erected to the memory of someone who let well enough alone.
-Jules Ellinger

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
-James Branch Cabell

There's a brief moment when you first wake up where you have no memories, a blissful blank slate, a happy emptiness, but it doesn't last long and you remember exactly where you are and what you are trying to forget.
-Carrie Bradshaw

Those only deserve a monument who do not need one; that is, who have raised themselves a monument in the minds and memories of men.
-William Hazlitt

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
-William Gibson

True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.
-Florence King

Universal History is ... not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
-John Dalberg-Acton

Waterloo will wipe out the memory of my forty victories; but that which nothing can wipe out is my Civil Code. That will live forever.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
-W. Somerset Maugham

When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old.
-Bill Clinton

Why should we have enough memory to retain even the smallest details of what happened to us, while we do not have enough to remember how many times we have told them to the same person?
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld

You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories.
-Stanislaw J. Lec


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